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2005-11-30 17:07:19

By Paul Carrel PARIS (Reuters) - Saturn's moon Titan resembles Earth in many ways but is unlikely to support life, scientists said on Wednesday after almost a year of research into data from the space probe Huygens. After a seven-year trip from Earth piggy-backed on the Saturn probe Cassini, the European-designed Huygens separated last December and headed for Titan, entering the moon's atmosphere in January this year. "Huygens descended through a hazy, windy and turbulent...

2005-11-30 17:05:00

By Paul Carrel PARIS (Reuters) - Saturn's moon Titan resembles Earth in many ways but is unlikely to support life, scientists said on Wednesday after almost a year of research into data from the space probe Huygens. After a seven-year trip from Earth piggy-backed on the Saturn probe Cassini, the European-designed Huygens separated last December and headed for Titan, entering the moon's atmosphere in January this year. "Huygens descended through a hazy, windy and turbulent atmosphere,"...

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2005-02-21 07:00:00

Just over a month ago, the European Space Agency's Huygens probe descended through the atmosphere of Saturn's giant moon Titan. The probe sent back stunning close-up images of a world never before seen is such detail In this, the first of a two-part series, science reporter Michael Benson shares his impressions of the event from his front-row seat at ESA's control center in Darmstadt, Germany. Astrobiology Magazine -- It's not very frequently, in the early 21st century, that one can observe...

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2005-01-08 00:35:00

JPL -- Images returned by NASA's Cassini spacecraft cameras during a New Year's Eve flyby of Saturn's moon Iapetus (eye-APP-eh- tuss) show startling surface features that are fueling heated scientific discussions about their origin. One of these features is a long narrow ridge that lies almost exactly on the equator of Iapetus, bisects its entire dark hemisphere and reaches 20 kilometers high (12 miles). It extends over 1,300 kilometers (808 miles) from side to side, along its midsection. No...

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2004-12-31 07:40:00

JPL -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft is set to cap off 2004 with an encounter of Saturn's ying-yang moon Iapetus (eye-APP-eh-tuss) on New Year's Eve. This is Cassini's closest pass yet by one of Saturn's smaller icy satellites since its arrival around the ringed giant on June 30 of this year. The next close flyby of Iapetus is not until 2007. Iapetus is a world of sharp contrasts. The leading hemisphere is as dark as a freshly-tarred street, and the white, trailing hemisphere resembles...